NOW – Seattle Fire and Police, discharged for noncompliance with the vaccine mandate, turn in their boots at the city hall.
Though the majority of Washington state employees have complied with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, some public employees in Seattle who didn’t comply walked up the steps of city hall to turn in their belongings on Tuesday.
The mandate that Gov. Jay Inslee announced in August requires most state and health care workers and school employees to get vaccinated or lose their jobs, KING 5 News reports. Employees can apply for a medical or religious exemption, but there is no testing option.
The Washington State Patrol will lose 127 civil servants and commissioned officers because of the vaccine mandate. This includes 67 troopers, six sergeants and one captain, according to a release per KING 5 News.